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Scottsdale police charge man with luring a minor for sexual exploitation

Scottsdale detectives have arrested Jason Ullerich on several charges, including attempted sexual concuct with a minor. The arrest occurred June 29 after police said the suspect “initiated …
First Responders

Scottsdale PD conducting Fourth of July DUI task force

The Scottsdale Police Department, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will be conducting DUI task forces and saturation patrol from July 1 through July 4, for the …
City Council

Scottsdale approves almost $2 million for social services

Scottsdale City Council recently approved over $1.9 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of people who are at risk and in need.

US court dismisses Scottsdale v. FAA lawsuit

Scottsdale’s fight to have flight paths to and from Sky Harbor International Airport reevaluated has come to a disappointing close after several years of legal battle. On June 24, the United States …

Dates to know as Scottsdale’s primary election approaches

Scottsdale’s Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary election is the first step toward selecting three City Council members who will take office in January 2023. A general election will be held Tuesday, …

3 bears released back into wild after shelter, care at Scottsdale sanctuary

With joint efforts between Scottsdale-based Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and Arizona Game and Fish Department, three of five baby bears have been rehabilitated and released into the wild. …
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Fishman: Ignoring facts won’t benefit community

Council member Caputi’s editorial perfectly captures the extremism among some council members and candidates regarding development, water adequacy, and building heights. Those in that camp …

Mason: The legislature should be congratulated for passing SB1168

The legislature should be congratulated for passing SB1168, now awaiting the governor’s signature. It is both good news and a good step forward on short-term rental issues. Importantly, …

Whitehead: Why I’m seeking reelection to Scottsdale council

In 2018, Scottsdale voters elected me to bring community priorities to city hall. Four years later, we have gotten a lot done. There is a renewed focus on protecting Scottsdale’s character …

Caputi: Extremism will threaten Scottsdale’s future

I ran for city council to be a positive, forward-thinking voice for Scottsdale. We need councilmembers who will govern with facts and open minds. Activism has its place, and the council can have …

Derouin: Scottsdale, sissoo and socialism

Councilmember Solange Whitehead writes that we should appreciate the quality of the Scottsdale’s management team, whether it be the charter officers or the many specialists who oversee police, …

Cantor: Our job as voters

As I have said before, I am an Independent voter. My late husband and I registered as a member of the Republican Party and one as a member of the Democratic Party. We wanted to get the propaganda …

Whitehead: Retaining Scottsdale staff is a top priority

The Scottsdale City Council must juggle many priorities to protect our constituents and safeguard Scottsdale. The city budget is the tool council uses to turn priorities into action. In 2020, I …

Kush: Councilwoman Caputi did the right thing

In a recent city council meeting, Councilwoman Tammy Caputi exercised her responsibilities as a Scottsdale Council person by questioning the motives and qualifications of several applicants for …

Christ: Rise in poor mental health requires better detection, increased access

Mental health is an important part of our overall health and wellbeing. COVID-19 has exacerbated mental illness, and the recent tragedies around the nation have all pushed mental health further into …

Kenny: The importance of water safety rules

The temperatures are rising in Arizona, reaching record highs. And as the weather gets warmer, many parents are escaping the heat and taking their children for a swim. Sadly, according to reports, …
From left, Arizona State Regent of the DAR, Morgan Elliott, Amber Jarosz, Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2022 Special Education Teacher of the Year, Terri Clarke, Paradise Valley Chapter Regent.

Scottsdale educator named 'Outstanding Special Education Teacher'

In honor of her work with special needs students, Sunrise Middle School teacher, Amber Jarosz, was chosen as the special education teacher of the year by the Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
As the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals concluded on June 25, Katelyn Cai of Scottsdale earned the distinction of the 2022 Distinguished Young Woman.

Scottsdale teen selected as Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2022

On Saturday, June 25, Katelyn Cai of Scottsdale was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2022 and presented with a cash scholarship of $40,000 at the conclusion of the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals.
Desert Mountain senior point guard Ryan Ginsberg shoots a free throw late in a Section 7 Team Camp game June 17 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Different Desert Mountain basketball team gels fast

There has not been much adversity yet for the new-look Desert Mountain High School boys basketball program. However, seeing the Wolves in action during the Section 7 Team Camp June 17-19 seemed to …
The Sabercats’ 2020 season was brought to an end after members of the Saguaro High School varsity football team recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Scottsdale student makes National Football Foundation team

Thomas DeChesaro of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale was named as one of the members of the 2022 Team of Distinction by the not-for-profit National Football Foundation and College Hall of …
As the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals concluded on June 25, Katelyn Cai of Scottsdale earned the distinction of the 2022 Distinguished Young Woman.

Competition begins for Scottsdale teen in national scholarship program

June 23 marks the start of live showcases for Katelyn Cai, the Scottsdale teen competing in the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

Miracle League of Arizona fall registration open

Registration for the 2022 fall season at the Miracle League of Arizona is now open. Registration and participation in the league is free and can be done on the Miracle League of Arizona’s …
Meet Your Neighbor

Scottsdale’s Gore rolls out red carpet for June 29 movie premier

Screenwriter Scott Gore, of Scottsdale, knows how to put a fresh spin on what some may consider a “familiar story,” by adding a new layer of interesting characters, plot twists and story lines.

Arizona Coyotes help launch Pride Growlers

In a June 27 press release, the Arizona Coyotes stated it is proud to support the Arizona Legacy Pride Hockey Association (ALPHA) Pride Growlers with the goal to show that hockey is for everyone and …

Grant cycle for Arizona Coyotes Foundation opens July 1

The Arizona Coyotes announced that the Arizona Coyotes Foundation’s 2022-23 grant cycle will take place from July 1 to Aug. 1, with grant awards being announced in October.

Philanthropists Debbie Gaby, Kathryn Pidgeon to co-chair Brainiac Bash 2023

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona has announced that Valley philanthropist Debbie Gaby and lawyer Kathryn Pidgeon of Pidgeon and Hill PC are the co-chairpersons for the organization’s 2023 …

North Scottsdale United Methodist Church is proud to welcome Pastor Christopher Wurpts on Sunday, July 3. The Reverend Wurpts has been appointed to the position of Senior Pastor at NSUMC. Summer …

An award-winning restauranteur, Christopher Collins, of the Valley-based Common Ground Culinary, announced in a press release the grand opening of his newest concept on the northwest corner of Hayden …
Scottsdale-based Rosewood Homes announced the start of pre-sales and model home construction at its new 19-home Rosewood Canyon in the Storyrock Master Planned Community in north Scottsdale.
DMB Associates, the developers behind DC Ranch and numerous other communities across the Phoenix metropolitan area, announced that construction has started, and activity is thriving on the next …
Scottsdale Entertainment
A signed Navajo wedding vase by Mary Manygoats.

‘Summer Market’ series ready to open at Fountain Hills museum

Signed Jemez pottery, Acoma pieces, art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with dish sets, decorative items and much more will be featured in the upcoming “Summer Market” in Fountain Hills.

To lick or not to lick: Scottsdale restaurant offers salt bricks for customers to purchase

After almost 15 years of business and a new location, The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale and its infamous Himalayan salt wall have received a bit of buzz for viral videos and images of patrons taking a taste of more than the restaurant’s tasty dishes.

Scottsdale Canal Convergence to celebrate 10th anniversary in November

Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence — Water + Art + Light will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 4–13, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.The free, 10-night event features large-scale …

YogaFit conference comes to Scottsdale July 16

YogaFit Training Systems presents its CEO and founder, Beth Shaw, at its annual Mind Body Fitness conference on Friday, July 16, in Scottsdale.

Wiffle Ball tournament returns to Scottsdale Stadium Oct. 29

The Western Wiffle Ball Classic will be returning to Scottsdale Stadium, the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Last year’s second tournament had over 25 …
"Move” by Taylor James is among the artworks featured in “Designed to Move,” opening July 7 at Civic Center Public Gallery.

New Scottsdale Arts exhibition highlights Arizona’s smallest beauty

Scottsdale Public Art will host the “Designed to Move: Seeds That Float, Fly or Hitchhike through the Desert Southwest” exhibition from July 7 through Sept. 30, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

Scottsdale Polo Championships hits the field at WestWorld of Scottsdale Nov. 5

America’s Greatest Polo Party — The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, presented by the Talking Stick Resort, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5, to WestWorld of Scottsdale for another …
Hole-in-the-Rock, the rock formation that looms over the Phoenix Zoo in Papago Park, is popular with both tourists and locals for its ease of access and view of the Valley.

Hole-in-the-Rock: Simple but significant Phoenix hike

Sitting in the shade on the cool stone of Hole-in-the-Rock, you wouldn’t know it’s a 105-degree Fahrenheit June afternoon in Arizona. Hole-in-the-Rock is a 5-to-10-minute, easy, short …

NASA lands new display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West announced June 15 the addition of an educational exhibit kiosk from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, called Observing With NASA (OWN), …
A food truck event is set for Friday, June 17 at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church.

Food truck event upcoming at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church

North Scottsdale United Methodist Church invites families to celebrate the best of food truck cuisine! The community is invited to NSUMC for a Food Truck Party Evening event on Friday, June 17 from …
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